Memorial Set for Sunday, November 7th
By: Calvin E. Johnson,
Speaker, Writer, Author of book "When America Stood for God,
Family and Country"�looking to re-publish and member of the Sons
of Confederate Veterans
1064 West Mill Drive
Kennesaw, Georgia 30152
Phone: 770 428 0978
How many Talk Show hosts or politicians speak about the men and
women who helped make America the "Land of the Free and Home of
the Brave?" Glenn Beck, of the Fox News channel, often speaks
about the Constitution, Bill of Rights and those who stood for
Is anyone talking about the
upcoming War Between the States Sesquicentennial? The 150th
Anniversary of the War for Southern Independence will be
commemorated by such groups as the Georgia Division Sons of
Confederate Veterans. See more information at:
Do young people know
the truth about Henry Wirz?
The 35th annual Captain Henry Wirz Memorial Service (a tradition
started by the Alexander H. Stephens Camp 78 Sons of Confederate
Veterans and Americus Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy
in 1976) will take place on Sunday afternoon, November 7th at 3 PM
in the town of Andersonville, Georgia.
The guest speaker for the event will be Dr. Richard Rhone from
Tuscaloosa, Alabama who is the Lieutenant Commander General of the
Military Order of Stars and Bars. John Carroll will lead those
assembled in the singing of "Dixie" and Andersonville Mayor Marvin
Buagh will bring welcome.
For more information about the event contact James Gaston by email
Captain Henry Wirz was born, Hartman Heinrich Wirz in November
1823, in Zurich, Switzerland where his father, Abraham Wirz was
At the outbreak of the War Between the States, Wirz enlisted in
the Fourth Louisiana infantry on June 16, 1861. He was promoted to
sergeant a year later and was wounded at the Battle of Seven
Pines. He never recovered from the injury to his left wrist and it
caused him great pain for the rest of his life.
Wirz was promoted to Captain on June 12, 1862 and was first
detailed to General John Winder where he was given command of a
Confederate military prison in Richmond, Virginia.
After serving a year as special emissary to President Jefferson
Davis in Paris and Berlin, on March 27, 1864, he was installed as
commandant of Andersonville Prison at Fort Sumter in Georgia. Wirz
did the best he could do with many Union prisoners and very little
food and medicine. It is written that the guards got the same food
and medicine as the prisoners.
The Confederacy sent a distress message to Union President Abraham
Lincoln and Union General Ulysses S. Grant. The South pleaded for
an exchange of Confederate and Union prisoners. Lincoln and Grant,
however, refused believing the Union prisoners might go home but
the Confederate prisoners might go back to fight another day.
Captain Henry Wirz was unfairly charged of war crimes and even
though witnesses for the defense could testify, his fate was
already decided. Among those who knew of Wirz�s innocence was a
Union soldier who was a prisoner at Andersonville.
Wirz was executed in Washington, D.C. on November 10, 1865.
The Confederate Reenactors and Honor Guard of the Sons of
Confederate Veterans Camp 78 (Muckalee Guards) will perform the
closing ceremony at the monument to Wirz in Andersonville placed
there by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (Georgia